Connor O'Hare was very pleasantly surprised when he and Paddy MacFarlane arrived at Bridie Gallagher's Catholic Rooming House – Miss Gallagher was a comely brunette, of pleasing proportions, which even a long-married man like Connor could appreciate, and polite, courteous, warm and welcoming to Mr MacFarlane and the new arrival; she called in a lilting voice and a young boy appeared, who she introduced as her littlest brother, Manus, and instructed him to show Connor to the upper back room and set a fire in it "for the gentleman's comfort," while she and Mr MacFarlane "sort out the details,"and so it was young Manus, aged about 8 or 9, who took Connor upstairs and showed him into a comfortably furnished room with a single bed, an armchair and a little table; Manus quickly set a fire and when he left, Connor sat in the armchair and studied the pictures in the wall – a fine water-colour of the Mountains of Mourne rolling down to the sea, and another of The Giant's Causeway, and a gaudy telesm of Jesus and the Sacred Heart, which he was sure would give him nightmares; Connor reflected that, if this was indeed March 1793, he would have to be careful: he shouldn't mention Robert Emmet and Theobald Wolfe Tone, both of whom were members of the United Irishmen, and involved in the 1795 and 1798 Rebellions, unless they were mentioned to him; he had to be careful not to know about events which were yet to happen, such as the formation of the Orange Order and the clashes between Catholics and Protestants which were a background to the Rebellions, lest he trigger a fantod: this was going to be difficult, because these kinds of situations encouraged paranoia. but his and Alec's lives could so easily be jeopardised if he were to happen to sing certain songs which were so familiar to him but which might cast doubts on the two of them as Government spies, for both sides in this society would be bound to be suspicious of strangers who seemed to know too much and the last place he wanted to be was up Calton Creek in a leaky scow without a paddle! he wished he had paid more attention to the details of Irish history, which his Da had tried to instil in him and his brothers and sisters: Brendan O'Hare had been a member of James Connolly's Irish Citizen Army during the Easter Rising of 1916, after the defeat of which he and his young wife had fled to Glasgow, where Connor, James, Brendan, Grace and Maura were born and had lived all their lives; he was almost dozing off in the warmth of the fire when he was startled by a knock at the door – shaking off his sleep, Connor quickly rose and opened the door: there stood Bridie herself, with a tray of food and drink: "good evening, Mr O'Hare," she said, coming in and putting the tray on the table, "you looked as if you hadn't eaten and, as you'd missed dinner, I thought you might appreciate a little supper and a pot of strong tea – we don't normally supply any alcohol, but if you want," and she produced a bottle from the pocket of her apron. "a drop of the Pure?" and when Connor beamed, she put it on the table: "my uncle Aemonn has a still on the farm, strictly on the QT, and lets me have a few bottles for special customers and, as Paddy MacFarlane has vouched for you, and imbursed me on your behalf, I think it's safe to consider you as one!" and Connor thanked her as effusively as he felt appropriate, while thinking to himself that this was even better than a Home from Home – Kathleen was a supportive and considerate wife, but she was more devout in her Catholicism than he and as a Member of the Legion of Mary, adamantly forbade 'strong drink' in the house, though she had no objection to him having a couple of pints of Guinness and the occasional nip with his pals after a Celtic match, so long as he stuck to the limit and never came home drunk! "well," he said to Miss Gallagher, "I'm not sure how long I'll be staying, but I appreciate your kindness and hospitality, but be warned, you might have to forcibly evict me!" at which she laughed and, bidding him a good sleep, turned to the door: "we start serving breakfast from 7am until 9.30 – most of the working men are away before 9, but a couple of others are in no hurry, and Paddy usually joins them at 9, on the dot, so I expect you'll be down by then – shall I get Manus to give you a knock at 8.30?" and Connor agreed that would be perfect, so she said that Manus would bring him a bowl of hot water, so he could wash and shave and with that, left him to his supper of soda bread, cold meat and scones, tea as strong as he liked and, as a nightcap, a good measure of the potcheen, which had a bouquet which spoke to him of the land and it's changing seasons, after which he climbed into the bed and slept like a baby until he was wakened by the boy's loud knock on the door and his entry with a bowl of steaming water and a towel – which was when Connor realised that, of course, neither he nor Alec had brought a razor with them!